Tigrai Onlne - January 08, 2014
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit the Gulf state of Oman and three African countries for talks with their leaders during a weeklong trip from Thursday, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said.
Abe plans to give a policy speech on Japan's Africa diplomacy in Ethiopia, while in Oman he is scheduled to hold talks with Sultan Qaboos bin Said and likely to reach a basic agreement with him on an investment pact between the two countries.
He will also visit Ivory Coast and Mozambique in Africa.
In the trip following the international conference on African development in the Japanese port city of Yokohama last June, Abe seeks to bolster Japan's ties with Africa at a time when the continent is increasing its international profile through rapid economic growth, according to the ministry.
Source: Kyodo News International